Image Doctor: Old Railway Station
Photographer: Cathy Duck
Shutter Speed: 1/105th of a second
Image doctor's advice
Old buildings are a popular subject for a lot of photographers, to the point that we can often tire of seeing them.
Part of the reason we get a little tired of seeing these images is that, more often than not, most photographers simply push the button on the camera and then present us a facsimile of what they have seen in the hope the viewer will have a nostalgia trip… and then believe that the photo must be brilliant.
This is, in fact, a big mistake that a lot of photographers make when photographing a lot of different subjects. BIG NOTE TO EVERYONE… you might have photographed a beautiful or an emotive subject but that in itself does no make the photograph itself beautiful or emotive. It is still the photographer’s responsibility to bring something of themselves to the image making process.
Fortunately, that is what you have done in this instance Cathy.
I am rather certain that the original image looks rather boring by comparison to this and while I am not about to deconstruct what you have done here, your choice of warm and cold graduated filters along with some tonal control, particular in brightening that tree, has added life to the photo.
About the only things that are not working for me are the flare marks in the left of the frame and also the squiggly line in the lower right of the frame that has possibly been introduced there through a double exposure.
I feel that you have applied some interesting technique here and although it does not get a 10 out of 10 from me just yet… I think you are doing ok.